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Comment: Re:Time (Score 1) 116

by BlueStrat (#49608827) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

I think the place they will dominate first (and next, I guess) is motorcycles. The only thing missing from most current electric motorcycles is top speed.

Prepare for major E-cycle-gasm. 140 miles per charge highway, 230 city. Full charge time 1 hour. Insanely fast.

Even this one is reportedly quite fast, and being a replica of a "light cycle" from the movie "Tron", it *should* come with a gold-plated Nerd Card included.

They also makes more cosmetically-conventional (and affordable/practical) models as well.


Comment: Re:He also wants to roll back civil rights too. (Score 1) 434

by roman_mir (#49593687) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Because Rockefeller colluded with railroad companies and had secret arrangements to get bulk discount for himself and shafted his competitors.

- there is absolutely 0 wrong with providing a company with a promise to buy scheduled services on the clock without interruptions and to pay for the service whether or not you can use 100% of its capacity that day.

If I want to start a shipping business I can talk to an import/export broker and work out a schedule, where regardless of my circumstances I will ship 1 container every 2 days with him on a clock and because of that certainty of payment he will give me a much better price than he could anybody else.

As to Rockefeller's 'secret deal to prevent shipping for others' - baloney. The so called 'secret deal' was no such thing, it was a discount that Rockefeller was getting that nobody else could get because they would not ship a supply of that much oil on the clock, whether they have it or not that time and pay for a prearranged amount of delivery as promised.

Rockefeller was absolutely right and the reason that oil never went below 7 cents was exactly because government destroyed his company and did not allow him to find new ways to increase demand by lowering prices even further. Nobody was finding any better way of doing business in that time, otherwise they would have won against Rockefeller and that is all there is to it.

Microsoft had a temporary monopoly for a very good reason: they provided the computing platform that nobody else could provide at the price and just because you can't accept that doesn't change that fact. Microsoft and others also pushed hard enough in the market that competitors actually had to innovate to become competitive in that market, which is how free and open source software came to existence.

As to me being 'religious' about free market - I cannot stand hypocrisy of the modern society that will vilify the individual and promote the collective and use the force of the collective to oppress the individual. If I am 'religious' about anything that would be the belief that individual freedom tramps every so called 'societal good' that you can come up with that is based on lies, oppression, destruction of the individual, theft from the individual, slavery of the individual by the collective.

Comment: Re:how (Score 1) 172

by BlueStrat (#49592051) Attached to: FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption

Don't worry, the next round of Republican voting will ensure he's replaced by a guy that uses a drawl, could beat up the other candidate physically, and asks God for guidance on good encryption policy.


Robert Byrd is dead and was a Democrat, besides he didn't look all that tough! Maybe he was a bit more spry back in his younger days when he was burning crosses on 'uppity' black family's front lawns with Al Gore Sr.


Comment: Re:He also wants to roll back civil rights too. (Score 1) 434

by roman_mir (#49591483) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Yes, I am saying precisely that, because free market is market free from government oppression, which means government cannot give a monopoly to a company and as long as a monopoly status is not given and not protected by a government the so called 'monopoly' is a temporary state of affairs that clients assign to a company if the company does exactly what the clients want.

A monopoly in a free market is not a problem at all because it doesn't become a monopoly by using force and oppression of government, so it may be a temporary monopoly (temporary as long as the company provides the best product at the best price) but no company stays a monopoly for too long. As an example I consider the break up of Standard Oil in 1911 to be a complete and utter travesty and destruction of individual freedoms. That company was started with one goal, to make money the best way Rockefeller knew how: by building a company that over time reduced prices and improved quality of service, both of which that company did.

The prices for oil product (kerosene at the time) went down from 60 or so cents in 1860s to just around 7 cents a gallon by late 1890s. All of this improved standard of living for people buying the product, the government wanted to steal the proceeds and let inefficient friends to enter the market where in the free market they could not compete on those prices at all.

Yes, a monopoly in a free market shows that the company is doing everything right.

Comment: Re:Argentina outlaws Bitcoin in 3...2...1... (Score 1) 250

by bobbied (#49589697) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

The government of Argentina doesn't have the resources to actually ENFORCE the laws they have now, what makes you think they could enforce a new one?

I'm pretty sure they have laws about converting out of the local currency into just about everything. In fact, they probably have some seriously tight currency exchange rules to keep the locals from ditching their currency and say floating into Dollars, Euros, Mexican Pecos, Oreo Cookies and poker chips, you name it. NOBODY wants to hold the local currency, at least not for long. BTC likely affords the locals a way to quickly convert to *something* other than the local script, and most likely they are willing to convert at many times the "official" exchange rate.

The government cannot pay it's debts now, so I'm sure that hiring a police force to catch and prosecute people breaking the currency trade rules doesn't rate very high on the priority list.

Comment: Re:/.er bitcoin comments are the best! (Score 2) 250

by bobbied (#49589633) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

I think it's more of a damning comment on Argentinian currency rather than a spotlight on the quality and fungibility of bitcoins.

EXACTLY... Argentina's currency is in SERIOUS trouble and has been in decline for a decade or more. It's where Greece is headed, and the whole EU if they don't disconnect from Greece or just outright forgive the bulk of their debt. The biggest problem they face is there is literally NOTHING they can do about the devaluation of their currency except abruptly stop nearly ALL government spending, but that would leave the country in anarchy, the government out of power and the country rife for being taken over by less than desirables. We are quite literally seeing them fall into the third world, where they once where a thriving industrial and agricultural power house.

BitCoin is just the latest symptom of the debt sickness that's killing them.

We cry for YOU Argentina.

Comment: Re:With REALLY Huge Fans... (Score 1) 278

by bobbied (#49589525) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving
Seems to me that an internal combustion engine and a prop is the same thing as what you describe, at least in results. Hydrocarbons and air in, spinning prop, water and CO2 out. Why bother with all the fuel cell mess and complexity, just use what already works, 110 Octane Low Lead Aviation Gasoline....

Comment: Re:With REALLY Huge Fans... (Score 1) 278

by bobbied (#49587953) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

Do you know any aircraft mechanics?

It's not like you could just replace a ton of batteries with your standard ramp worker, baggage thrower. It's hard enough to get them to close the doors properly, now you want them replacing batteries? Yea, you might do this, but I'm thinking the logistics of what you suggest might be a problem for a "for profit" airline.

Comment: Re:He also wants to roll back civil rights too. (Score 1) 434

by roman_mir (#49587917) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Oh yeah, no true Scotsman....

- wrong. 2 things are necessary for free markets to exist:

1. equal application of all laws to all individual regardless of their individual circumstances.

2. protection of ownership and operation of private property against the government intrusion, against the mob and the collective.

A feudal system does not treat all people the same under the law. Neither does any of of the current socialist / fascist systems. As an example the so called 'progressive' income tax increases tax rates on a smaller and smaller percentage of the population relative to their greater income. This is unequal application of the law, as it creates a gigantic divide between people who run businesses, own assets and the rest, who want to steal from those who run businesses and own assets.

The least onerous form of government is Democracy, which you disdain as mob rule.

- actually this is one of the worst forms of government, since it creates oppression that cannot be eliminated by taking down any one particular individual. A dictator can be shot, even a single party system (like what we had in the USSR) can be stopped, but a hydra that is 'democracy' cannot be simply shot or stopped because it pretends that it exists on the voluntary participation of the electorate, which is nonsense and it does not give power to any one particular governer, instead it provides power by proxy to the most connected individuals (companies) and it keeps a puppet in the spot light.

You can go ahead and shoot that puppet but not the puppeteer, and the puppeteer is intelligent enough to give you the impression that you are in control of the government.

Democracy is a horrendous system, where few in power (the puppeteers) use the mob to keep the power structure going by setting up the useful puppets that promise to keep the mob happy by stealing from the minority (employers, 1% or whatever) and handing the stolen goods to the majority (electorate).

Of-course the reality is that the mob gets crumbs, the money is stolen from everybody and the puppeteers have direct access to the actual reigns of power and to the fake money printing presses.

Comment: Re:What about Infrastructure? (Score 1) 278

by bobbied (#49587721) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

Are airports more efficient than interstates in terms of infrastructure costs? And I read somewhere (Freakonomics?) that there are seven parking spaces per car in the U.S. Is that the same for airplanes?

Actually, there are about 5 airplanes per parking space, especially for commercial aircraft.

On 9/11 I lived near Wichita KS's airport. They have about 4 gates, but we had over 20 large aircraft parked all over the place. The parking logistics where quite something to see, but it shows that we have a lot more commercial aircraft than gates to park them at.

For light aircraft, they stay parked more than not, so the parking space to aircraft ratio is nearly 1 to 1, with there being more parking than aircraft.

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